So Kennent Faried has been listed in multiple mock drafts as the guy the Blazers draft.
While Faried has shown many positive qualities, I offer this humble rebuttal.
Faried's main skill that will translate to the NBA is rebounding. It's likely he
will score a little and his hustle could translate into some steals or blocks but
mainly, he will be called on to rebound and defend.
That's great and I hope he has a great Rodmanesque career, I don't think it fits
this Blazer team well however. Faried is a 4 and that is the problem. The team
needs depth at the bigs but they need someone who can spell Aldridge and draw
the other team's 5 defensively. LA can dominate 4s but 5s tend to wear him out
which, was the big problem down the stretch this year. A big that can set screens
rebound and defend would be great to add, but I would argue only as a 5.
Faried may bring the defense and rebounding, but he fits next to LA, not as
LA's backup. He may play the backup 4, but largely his minutes would be
with LA at the 5. That looks nice in certain matchups, but is a poor strategy
to challenge the likes of OKC, Memphis, Chicago, and LA (either).
May I suggest another course of action. JaJuan Johnson is an athletic 4/5 who
does not project as a starter, but he brings an all around game that would fit
well behind LA in the line up. He isn't the banger that should be paired with LA,
but he is a guy who can fill LA's role in the second unit. A decent rebounder,
below average defender, but a good shot blocker, and a good all around scorer.
Depending on matchups, he could be paired with LA as a second scoring option and
he can also play with Oden and Camby.
Not so much a game changer as filling a need. Oden is a better point of focus
for a frontline mate to LA and there are better options in the draft for back up
5s than Faried.